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Padonki (Russian: падонки) is a counter-culture within the Russian-speaking Internet most famous for using a distinctive slang, known as padonkaffsky jargon or, alternatively, as Olbanian. The singular of padonki is padonok (Russian: падонок), an intentional misspelling of podonok (Russian: подонок), which means riff-raff, scoundrel, or scum.


Padonki is an underground, nonconformist counterculture that originated in 1997. They pride themselves on their ability to creatively disrupt, question and make fun of mainstream culture. A padonok is any individual who has the ability to detach from social, cultural, ideological, and political norms.[1]

Padonki grew in numbers, and by the year 2000 became part of popular culture. They found their voice on websites like (currently defunct) by Egor Lavrov and Konstantin Rykov, now a deputy of the Duma, and, which is characterized by erratic spelling as well as gratuitous use of profanity and a penchant for obscene subjects. By 2005, padonki trends started to enter the mainstream culture, which was met with protest from the padonki community, and efforts to organize commercial ventures were dropped.


Main article: padonkaffsky jargon

Olbanian slang is based on phonetic spelling of the Russian language and sometimes transliteration of Ukrainian language. The term Olbanian is an alteration of Albanian language, although Albanian is not used to create Olbanian slang.

Some of padonki's lexicon came to the Russian-speaking Internet from Russian fidonet echomail conferences TYT.BCE.HACPEM, RU.PUNK.ROCK and SU.KASCHENKO.LOCAL.[2] The language has entered mainstream Russophone culture and was featured in the promotional poster for the Russian edition of Newsweek magazine.

See also


  • Newsweek № 17 (47), 16–22 May 2005 (Russian)
  • Computerra N29(601) 16 August 2005 The whole issue is devoted to the jargon. (Russian)
  • publication (Russian)

External links

  • Russian Internet slang translated into plain English

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